SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

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The Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative supports community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. Leadership by people from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups in research projects about race, gender and diversity is important to help ensure the research is grounded in the complexities of the lived experiences and histories of diverse groups and individuals, and to inform more rigorous and relevant policy and program design.

Amount: up to $450,000 (over 3 years – up to $80,000 annually for the first two years and up to $290,000 in the third year)

Faculty Research Office: 1 week prior to SSHRC deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least two weeks – contact Karen Kueneman)
Western ResearchNotice of Intent: October 1
Western Research – Draft: November 1; complete Draft submitted to Mariam Hayward for review
Western Research: November 8, by/before 5 pm ET; Western ROLA Proposal + (draft) Application Deadline (Mandatory); submit application by email to, and/or submit the application in the SSHRC web-based forms
SSHRC: November 15 by/before 2 pm ET (Results March 2022)

Description: The ultimate purpose of this initiative is to support partnership research and related activities to meet the needs of organizations working toward removing barriers and disparities for women; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; Black, Asian and other racialized peoples; people living with disabilities (both visible and invisible); LGBTQ2+ people; religious minorities; and others marginalized on the basis of their ethnicity and other identity factors.
The main objective of the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative is to award approximately 20 grants to support community-led and community-based formal partnerships between one or more partner organizations from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sectors and at least one postsecondary institution, to support connection, research and training activities. These three-year partnership grants offered under the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative will serve as hubs for challenge-oriented, community-led and community-based intersectional research and knowledge mobilization activities, and can be used to incubate new research partnerships.

Examples of possible research topics:

  • Hate, racism and xenophobia
  • Gender discrimination
  • Disability discrimination and ableism
  • History, methodology and research on partnered research
  • applicants may choose other areas of focus relevant to the call

Eligibility: Applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.
Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and participants such as co-directors, co-applicants and collaborators). The applicant / project director prepares the application with the team on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.

More information and applications…   Full Applications are to be processed through Western Research  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA. Link to Western Research Program Information.

Please contact Karen Kueneman if you intend to apply.

About the Author

Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall

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